Southern Wildlife and Great Barrier Reef Island Escape

Introduction:

On this 12 night holiday discover the excitement of Sydney and its sparkling harbour, the majesty of the ancient and weathered Flinders Ranges, the wildlife and pristine beaches of Kangaroo Island and the indulgence of a luxurious tropical island.

Enjoy two nights at the Park Hyatt Sydney and discover the best features of Australia’s harbour city. Included during your stay in Sydney is a full day of private touring.

From Sydney, fly to Adelaide where you will then charter fly up to Angorichina Station in the heart of the Flinders Ranges. For guests, one of the real pleasures of staying at Angorichina is the chance to become absorbed into the life of a working outback sheep station, that has been in the same family for six generations.

Leaving the outback you will head south to Australia’s Galapagos – Kangaroo Island. Southern Ocean Lodge aims to provide an iconic accommodation experience on Kangaroo Island and is designed to be a sanctuary of comfort, style and personal intimacy, redefining the Australian standard.

After experiencing the natural beauty of Kangaroo Island you will fly north to the tropical splendour of Lizard Island. Situated some 240 kilometres north of Cairns, Lizard Island is surrounded by a sea of deep aquamarine and forms part of the Great Barrier Reef near its northernmost end. An outstanding finish to a comprehensive Australian itinerary.

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Travel Period:

This Itinerary can be taken all year round, however we strongly recommend April to December when the weather is favourable in the Northern region of Australia

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Destinations:

Starts Sydney-
2 nights Park Hyatt Sydney
3 nights Angorichina Station, Flinders Ranges
3 nights Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island
4 nights Lizard Island, Tropical North Queensland

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Designed for:

Solo travelers/couples/small groups and families with children over the age of 13yrs.
Lizard Island is not suited to children under this age, should the itinerary be of interest and you are travelling with a young family please contact one of our Travel Designers as we can substitute Lizard Island with another property to suit a young family.

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Inclusions:

2 Nights Park Hyatt Sydney, Sydney Airport transfers, Sydney full day private tour,
3 Nights Angorichina Station including all meals & selected beverages and activities, private return transfer between Adelaide Airport & Parafield Airport, private return air charters between Adelaide and Angorichina Station,
3 Nights Southern Ocean Lodge including all meals & selected beverages, activities and full day private tour, scheduled flights between Adelaide & Kangaroo Island,
4 Nights Lizard Island including all meals & selected beverages, return scheduled flights between Cairns & Lizard Island

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Cost:

As with all The Tailor itineraries, this programme can be customised or combined with other destinations to suit your individual interests and requirements.

Please contact one of our specialised travel designers to make an enquiry and check on pricing for your preferred dates of travel – call on + 61 8 8354 4405 or email.

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Itinerary:

Day 1 – Day 3 Park Hyatt Sydney, for 2 nights

  • Met on arrival for private transfer from Sydney Airport to accommodation
  • 2 nights Park Hyatt Sydney –Opera Deluxe Room
  • 1 full day of private touring

Offering uncompromising Australian hospitality with an international flair, the attentive yet unobtrusive service is the hallmark of the Park Hyatt Sydney. Voted “No. 4 Best Pacific Rim Hotel” by USA Conde Nast Traveller 2004 Readers’ Travel Awards and listed in Travel & Leisure’s Annual List of 500 Greatest Hotels & Resorts in the world, in 2005.

The boutique five star hotel is uniquely positioned on the very edge of Sydney Harbour and in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge takes in unobstructed views of the Sydney Opera House.

Included in you stay is an ultimate Sydney sailing private tour. This unique day is the ultimate way to experience the beauty of Sydney. Your experienced guide greets you at your hotel for a walk around the historic Rocks precinct, visiting the first church in Australia & the convict built cottages. You then take a walk around the Observatory, continuing around Circular Quay, the Opera House & into the magnificent Botanical Gardens.

Joining the vehicle under the famous Harbour Bridge, you will continue onto Watsons Bay on South Head to enjoy a meal of Doyle’s famous fish & chips in the park with a bottle of chilled Australian wine and a cheese platter. You return to the city, visiting Darling Harbour where your yacht awaits for a cruise around Sydney Harbour with a delicious afternoon tea. After an incredible 2 hours on the world’s most beautiful harbour, your vessel returns to Darling Harbour. Here you may decide to eat out at any one of the dozen or more restaurants, stay & enjoy the entertainment, or take the monorail into the city, returning to your hotel at your leisure.


Day 3 – Day 6 Angorichina Station, Flinders Ranges, for 3 nights

  • Private transfer from Park Hyatt to Sydney Airport
  • Flight: Sydney to Adelaide (not included in cost)
  • Private transfer from Adelaide Airport to Parafield Airport
  • Private Charter flight from Parafield Airport to Blinman (Angorichina Station)
  • 3 nights stay in a standard Homestead Room
  • All meals & selected beverages, activities including scenic 4WD tours, guided walks

Ian and Di Fargher, fourth generation station owners, can take you to the top of one of the many hills near the station to experience sunset over the often-desolate landscape, and watch it transform into a mesmerizing panorama in the changing light, whilst sipping on your sundowner.

Take a rugged 4 wheel drive tour along the Oratunga Track – a 50km long dirt track which is a thrilling excursion for 4WD enthusiasts, nature lovers, photographers, history buffs and anyone with an interest in geology.

Perhaps you may choose instead to take a scenic flight, (additional cost), with Ian, an experienced pilot, to show you the Flinders Ranges from above. Viewed from the air, the Flinders Ranges appear as gigantic bowls formed by bent and distorted rows of hills and mountains resembling the back of a prehistoric crocodile.

Either by foot or by air a journey through the Flinders Ranges is a 60-million year journey through the Earth’s history.


Day 6 – Day 9 Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island for 3 nights

  • Private Charter flight from Blinman to Parafield Airport Adelaide
  • Private transfer from Parafield Airport to Adelaide Airport
  • Scheduled flight Adelaide to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island
  • Met on arrival at Kingscote Airport and transferred to the Lodge
  • 3 nights stay in an Ocean Retreat Room with all meals and selected beverages
  • 1 full day private tour

Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s first true luxury lodge, offering a unique and exclusive travel experience on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge commands peerless views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine Kangaroo Island wilderness. Sensitive, intimate and sophisticated, Southern Ocean Lodge is a sanctuary of refined comfort and luxe, Kangaroo Island style.
A range of signature activities are offered daily, allowing you to encounter rich and varied wildlife, indulge in world-class food and wine and discover the Island’s unique natural attractions, often with exclusive access and always with a touch of sumptuousness.

If this is all too strenuous you can opt for indulgent pampering in the Southern Spa, located in a pavilion on the top of a hill with commanding views over the wild coastal landscape. Relaxing and healing treatments inspired by indigenous methods use a combination of Li’tya products and local botanical ingredients.

During your stay, experience a full day of private touring with Exceptional Kangaroo Island. Former wildlife ranger and islander Craig Wickham, Exceptional Kangaroo Island’s founder, has assembled a team of dedicated, sharp-eyed outdoor enthusiasts who combine the role of naturalists, historians, driver, guides and story tellers.

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Day 9 – Day 13 Lizard Island, Tropical North Queensland, for 4 nights

  • Transfer from Southern Ocean Lodge to Kingscote Airport
  • Scheduled flight Kingscote to Adelaide Airport
  • Flight: Adelaide to Cairns ( not included in cost)
  • Hinterland Aviation return scheduled flight between Cairns & Lizard Island
  • 4 nights Lizard Island – Anchor Bay Suite includes all meals and selected beverages
  • Selected activities included

Lizard Island is truly secluded from the rest of the world. The resort is located right on the Great Barrier Reef, with 24 powdery-white beaches and 40 luxurious suites.

Lizard Island was voted as the top hotel in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and one of the top 100 hotels and resorts in the world at the 2008 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. In the 2009 Gold List Awards, Lizard Island was voted second in the category ‘Best Australian Resort’. Osprey’s Restaurant is an indicator of the importance of cuisine to the Lizard experience. The menu, which changes daily, is fresh and creative, showcasing the finest local produce and freshest seafood.

Watching the sunset on a day-bed overlooking the water, it’s easy to be lulled into the deep peace that comes with being in your own beautiful world on Lizard Island.

Complimentary snorkel lessons are conducted every second afternoon followed by a guided snorkel offering a complimentary reef interpretive tour on the reef directly in front of the Beach Club in Anchor Bay.

There is an abundance of reef snorkelling in Anchor Bay, in front of the Resort, as well as at Sunset Beach and Watson’s Bay where large concentrations of giant clams can be viewed, both within short walking distance from the Resort.

A variety of diverse dive locations are available for all levels of diving experience. This northern section of the Great Barrier Reef is renowned for its water clarity and amazing variety of coral species and marine life which attracts visitors from all around the world. Or you can keep your feet dry in catamarans or glass bottom surf skis.

Fishing enthusiasts can charter the 15.5m “Fascination”, or dive the famous Cod Hole, where you’ll come face to face with the massive, yet curious Potato Cod.

A memorable finish to a great Australian journey.

For a full detailed Itinerary please contact our Travel Designers.

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